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Emmanuel Macron and the supply-side policies

The political debate, in France, regarding economic issues, could be summarized in this way: the Right and the Center believe, to improve the economic situation of the country, that the right thing to do is to follow a supply-side policy. Reforms and financial transfers will give to companies more room to maneuver. That will sustain growth and they will create jobs. It is what Emmanuel Macron explained last Sunday when he was talking about past and coming measures, including the reform of the wealth tax which would guide saving toward investment in enterprises. On the opposite, the Left, with all ...

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French public debt : the serial goes on

Every year, in autumn, the debate about public indebtedness suddenly reappears, its excessive level and the threats it carries on the country. It is logical because it is the finance bill period, which, this year, is watched with more attention because it expresses the new president and his government choices. That issue has occupied a special place during the TV program devoted to the Prime minister and a personality had been especially invited to discuss with him, Thierry Breton, a former Economy minister and today CEO of ATOS, a French leading software company. Their discussion has been focused on the ...

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The electric car mirage

The announcement by China of ambitious objectives regarding electric or hybrid car sales in 2019 follows on many declarations made during Francfort Motor Show by German carmakers. They were anxious about rebuilding their good reputation after the “Dieselgate”. In Beijing, it is part of the policy in favor of the reduction of CO2 and particles emissions which, at the local level, are the cause of a major threat for health. In 2019, 10% of car sales should have an electric or hybrid engine. If they don’t, carmakers will have to pay a penalty or to buy to their competitors ...

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The hidden sides of the German model

German elections which will take place next Sunday will see a new victory for Angela Merkel. The only uncertainty is about its magnitude and the necessity she will have –or not- to constitute a coalition and with whom. An alliance with the Greens is the less likely hypothesis, even if she gave them token in getting out of nuclear power and in committing her country in an energy transition program which satisfies them. The likely comeback of the FDP, which missed the 5% barrier during last election in 2013, into the Bundestag opens the door to a “Small coalition” as ...

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Le nouvel Etat-stratège

LE NOUVEL ETAT STRATEGELe dernier livre d'Alain Boublil, le nouvel Etat-statège (Editions de l'Archipel) est paru le 5 février 2014.

Le livre apporte les réponses de son auteur  à la question qui est, en France, au centre de tous les débats politiques: "Que peut-on attendre de l'Etat aujourd'hui ? " Et il formule plusieurs suggestions sur l'exercice du pouvoir tirées de son expérience passée auprès de François Mitterrand. Observateur de l'économie mondiale comme conseil des nombreuses grandes entreprises qui ont fait appel à lui, il trace un portrait de la France d'aujourd'hui bien moins pessimiste que ce que l'on entend parfois, à condition que chacun fasse preuve de lucidité sur ses propres comportements. 

Les exigences ont certes été exacerbées par la crise. Mais y faire face est de plus en plus difficile car l'écart s'est creusé entre les attentes de chacun et la réduction des marges de manoeuvres publiques du fait des règles internationales, de l'endettement et des contraintes environnementales.

En dix chapitres, Alain Boublil dresse un bilan sans complaisances, prend la mesure des possibilités et des limites de l'Etat et il ouvre des voies nouvelles pour l'action publique. Il évoque le sauvetage de l'euro, le fardeau de la dette et le ras-le-bol fiscal, l'Etat-patron de Colbert à Jean-Marie Messier, le retour du complexe vis-à-vis de l'Allemagne et les nouveaux outils de l'Etat-stratège dans la mondialisation face aux défis industriels, aux enjeux de la transition énergétique, à la "dictature du CO2" et à la révolution du gaz de schiste. Et il met en garde contre les dérives de l'Etat-spectacle, qui gènent l'efficacité de l'action publique et les facilités de l'Etat-guichet qui débouchent sur le clientélisme.

 

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